Shortly after receiving a long jail sentence for murder, a man was allowed to marry his fiancé and the judge who sentenced him also officiated the wedding.
Danne Desbrow was sentenced to 53 years to life in prison by San Diego Superior Court Judge Patricia Cookson, after being convicted of murdering Kevin Santos in 2003, according to U-T San Diego.
Just minutes later, after members of the victim’s family were escorted out of the courtroom, the 36-year-old Desbrow married his fiancé Destiny and Cookson officiated. The judge reportedly also baked a cake and Desbrow ate a slice of it in the courtroom.
“I didn’t know it was going to happen,” said defense attorney Steve Cline. “Obviously, it was an unusual day from start to finish. I mean, I appreciate that she honored the request for them to marry. But, I’ve never seen anything like that.”
Deputy District Attorney Joe McGlaughlin said the case went unsolved for years until a witness came forward and gave key information pointing to Desbrow.
Desbrow reportedly proposed to Destiny during the trial. The two apparently were dating when she was 16, but lost touch after she became pregnant. She said her son wanted to meet her father and eventually they were able to meet in jail while Desbrow was awaiting trial.
U-T San Diego also notes that Destiny called Cookson’s chambers to ask if the judge would marry them at sentencing.
“She called me back and sad yes, she would,” Destiny said, adding she was somewhat surprised the judge agreed.
Desbrow was sentenced to two consecutive 25-year to life terms and got three more years for threatening a witness.